OUR CLASSES

Find the right dance class for you

welcoming & supportive

range of styles & levels

just for adults

OUR CLASSES

Find the right dance class for you

welcoming & supportive
range of styles & levels
just for adults

our promise | timetable | when you can start | how to book | dance styles | age groups | levels & progression | teachers

Our promise

When you come to dance at Move Through Life we promise:

you’ll feel welcome and supported

you’ll receive high quality dance training to help you grow in skill, confidence, and artistry

to accept and encourage dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colours

to do our best to ensure you have a good time (yes, laughing is encouraged)

to value your individuality

Timetable

Term 1 2022

DayLocationTimeStyle & Level
MondayClovelly Park (Cosgrove Hall)7.30pmBallet L1
TuesdaySeacliff6pmBallet Mature L2
7pmBallet L3
8pmBallet Repertoire
WednesdaySeacliff 10amJazz Mature L3
11amJazz Mature L2
4.15pmTeenage Ballet L1
5.15pmTeenage Contemporary L1
Clovelly Park (Clovelly Hall)6pmJazz Mature L2
7pmCompany rehearsal
ThursdayGlengowrie5pmTap Mature L2
6pmContemporary L3
7pmJazz L3
8pmContemporary L1
FridayGlengowrie9.30amBallet Barre L3
Ballet Barre L2
10.30amJazz Mature L3
Jazz Mature L2
12pmMature Company Rehearsal
SaturdayGlengowrie12.15pmBallet L2
Tap L1.3
1.15pmBallet L4
Tap L2.1
2.15pmPre-pointe / demi pointe
Pointe
Jazz L1.3
3.15pmBallet L5
Introduction to Tap (L1.1)

When you can start

Terms

Our classes are run over a 48 week teaching year from mid January to mid December.

The 48 weeks are divided into four 12-week terms that run back-to-back without a break.

Intake of new students

New students are welcome to join within the first three weeks of each term.

Each term, the teacher will be teaching new work to the class, which is why we take new students only at the beginning of term.  It can be a frustrating experience to join a class in the final weeks of term where everyone else knows the work and you don’t.

New terms start in January, April, July, and September.

 

Don’t miss our next intake! Join our waiting list so you’ll be advised when new classes are added, when the timetable is released each term, and when bookings open

Dance Styles

Ballet

Build strength, grace, flexibility, discipline and confidence, while at the same time learning artistry, expression, musicality and developing appreciation for a classical art form.

Contemporary

Build a strong and supple physique and to develop a strong awareness of where your body is in space (kinaesthetic awareness)

Jazz

Develop a strong, agile body, sense of rhythm and learn to move with style.

Age range

We have two streams of classes related to age – regular and mature.

For some people, dancing with people their own age is important, as they feel more comfortable (dancing with younger people can be intimidating at times).  But for others, age is not an issue, or they enjoy interacting with people of different ages.

We don’t have hard and fast rules around age.  Someone under 50 is welcome to join a mature class if that’s more suitable for them.  Someone over 50 may find that a regular class is more suitable for them.

Mature

We created our mature stream because most of the people attending our classes were under 40 years of age.  We wanted to make sure that we offer something to adults of all ages.  Introducing the mature stream has given a lot of people aged over 50 more confidence about starting a dance class.

The Mature classes are a bit more gentle.  This doesn’t mean you won’t get a work out. It means there is less likely to be movements that can be more strenuous for older bodies, such as jumping, floor work, demi-pointe work, and turns.

Regular

All ages are welcome in our regular classes. Generally, people aged from early 20s to late 40s tend to choose the regular classes.

These classes are more fast paced, and do include jumps, turns, floor work, demi pointe work etc.

Dancers aged over 50 who have had a lot of previous dance experience or who are very fit tend to enjoy the regular classes.

Levels and progression

It can be challenging to find a dance class as an adult that is just at the right level.  Too often, adults of various levels of experience are all put together in the same class which tries to ‘be suitable for all levels’.  In reality, this can be a frustrating experience for beginners, who feel left behind, and more advanced dancers, who don’t get to really stretch themselves.

Syllabus

At Move Through Life, we have classes at a range of levels from absolute beginner to advanced

We use our own especially designed syllabus for each dance style to ensure that class is suitable for adults, and offers the opportunity for development and advancement for those who wish to do so.

Levels

Our classes are classified as either beginner, intermediate or advanced, and within these three broad categories are several sub-levels.

Visit the Finding the right level page to learn more about our levels, and experience recommended for each level)

Progression

Group progression

We recognise that for adults, there may be only one time that they can get an hour to themselves for a dance class.  For this reason, progression is built into each class, so the class all progress together.  For example, a level 1 class in Term 1 would become a level 2.1 class in Term 2.

Individual progression

However, we recognise that people will progress at different rates, and so you can consult with your teacher about how to progress at your own pace, which will usually mean shifting to another class.

Assessment and exams

Many people want to undertake some kind of assessment so they can get feedback on their progress, have something to work towards, or to have a certificate to make their progress more official.  We do offer the opportunity for assessment, both informal and in an exam format.

Location

Our classes are offered across four venues (the timetable shows which classes are at which venue)

Glengowrie Uniting Church
33 Butler Crescent, Glengowrie

Seacliff Uniting Church
7-9 Wheatland Street, Seacliff

Clovelly Park Community Centre
16 York Street, Clovelly Park

Cosgrove Hall (Colin Denton Room)
30-40 York Street, Clovelly Park